Published: Saturday, July 16, 2011 2:10 AM EDT
Candidate for State Senate 2012
I would like to respond to the recent commentary by Sen. Stephen Saland published in your paper on July 9.
In delivering this “list of accomplishments,” he implies that the legislative session was a smashing success. However, the Senator seems sadly out of touch if he thinks passing an on-time budget, as well as passing a bunch of one-house bills, are going to lead us toward economic growth, retirement security and a better education system for our children. Passing an on-time budget is what any responsible government is supposed to do, and when does passing one-house bills through a senate controlled by your own party rate as a success? Only in Albany can such basic accomplishments be considered extraordinary.
The “landmark ethics reform” he touts is so full of loopholes that it falls far short of giving us the transparent government we want and deserve. Case in point, he managed to grandfather in the new law so that he and his incumbent colleagues would be exempt from the bill’s most severe punishments. Ethics reform? Hardly.
In addition, he barely mentions his only vote of real achievement, that being his vote for marriage equality. Perhaps he doesn’t want to remind us that he voted against this very bill in 2009.
Nowhere in his commentary does he share his vision for improving our economy, creating jobs that pay a living wage, or ending the growth industry of corruption that has plagued Albany for the entire 30+ years that he has served there.
He did little more than identify our current problems. Problems that we have all known about for a very long time. He will really have something to write about when he steps up and articulates his vision and starts trying to solve those problems.
After all, it was on his watch that this mess was created.